The Peacock Cichlid is a stunning species of fish native to Lake Malawi; it belongs to the Astatotilapia genus. There are at least 22 different species?of Peacocks, the majority of which have stunning coloration. Their coloring can vary from blues, reds to yellows and will stand out in any aquarium. The most popular of which being the blue (Aulonocara Nyassae); it will therefore be the focus in this article.
The majority of Cichlids have a reputation for being aggressive, whereas the Peacock Cichlid is fairly peaceful. Males can be territorial, but on the whole they are peaceful and can make good community fish.
Typical Behavior of peacock cichlid
Peacocks are bottom dwellers and in the wild in Lake Malawi, will be found at depths of 6 to 40 meters. A common behavior they will display is hunting for food amongst the sand. They will hover above the sand and once they detect any movement from any invertebrates they will strike. This is also a behavior you will see in aquariums as they sift through the substrate.?They are an active swimmer and are one of the most peaceful Cichlids available.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FEEDING AQUARIUM FISH
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.